Who We Are

Civic Innovators, Not Activists

We are committed to working with the six counties and 22 cities in the greater Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) region. We’re here to help and eager to learn from professional public administrators. And while we’re advocates for open government (we can’t build apps without open data!), we’re non-partisan and public-minded.

We're a group of civic-minded programmers, coders, designers, and extraordinary citizens. We work in partnership with government, non-profit, and technical partners to deploy technology to improve quality of life and increase citizen engagement with civic issues.

Core Team

Code for Sacramento is led by a volunteer Core Team that organizes events, manages strategic partnerships, and ensures fluid communication among cross-functional project teams.

Joel Riphagen


Joel had a 15-year career in state and local government, including several years working for the California Legislature, before striking out on his own as an independent consultant in 2014. Simulaneously, he started showing up at Code for Sacramento meetings and liked what he saw. Joel is committed to better connecting citizens to government data and services, conducting cutting-edge data analysis, creating informative data visualizations, and raising his two sons, though not necessarily in that order.

Kaleb Clark

Delivery Lead

Kaleb has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years which included a 9+ year run working for a local government. From the mid-late 90's Kaleb has worked with Linux and the open-source community continually to this day. He is also a back end developer working mostly in PHP, Laravel, Python and Perl (yes, Perl).

Ash Roughani

Civic Tech Evangelist

Ash started Code for Sacramento in December 2012 with the help of Gina Alatorre and Eric Ullrich of Hacker Lab. With a background in public policy and administration, Ash changed careers to work in civic tech and social entrepreneurship with a belief that interfaces to government are just as important as the policy choices we make. He's also founder of Delivery Unit, an early stage enterprise software company focused on performance management for government and nonprofits.

Maya Wallace

Civic Catalyst

Maya is interested in empowering communities through data and information. She has worked as a science curriculum designer, community advocate, state government performance auditor, and led strategic communications efforts for organizations addressing housing, public health, smart growth, and sustainable communities. This broad spectrum of experience has sparked her interest in improving the citizen experience around government and other social institutions via open data.

Advisory Board

Coming Soon